Jackson-Madison County releases first “Vision 2020” plans

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Just a day after extending the superintendent’s contract, the Jackson-Madison County School System unveils how it will implement its “Vision 20-20” plan, saying months of internal homework has led up to this point. “‘Vision 2020’ is really a process to help improve student instruction, and while we know there have been a series of proposals in the past, this process is really about starting fresh, and everything is on the table,” planner for Kimley-Horn, Eric Bosman said. That means looking at everything from re-zoning school districts to looking at bus waiting times for students. “Vision 2020” starts with three community meetings in April where ideas will be gathered. Then in May, more meetings will be held where more specific ideas can be discussed. The superintendent said community input is essential to the plan and ultimately the district’s success. “We totally believe that it’s going to take the entire community being together and envisioning together what our 2020 and beyond will look like in the Jackson-Madison County School System,” Dr. Verna Ruffin told WBBJ Friday. “We’re really anxious to have these open conventions with the community, to hear from them where they see our challenge, where they see opportunities to improve — really invite the community to help us mold the system as we move towards the future,” Bosman said. The superintendent said once the public meetings are complete, the school board will decide on changes for the district. “Whatever plans we are moving towards, the board will make a decision in December, and then the implementation date is scheduled for 2016-2017 for all of it, or in phases,” Ruffin said. For a full schedule of “Vision 2020” dates, look in the Seen on 7 section of our website or visit www.jmcss.org/pages/JMCSS/Calendar.

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